Wellington Council votes to increase water rates and implement accelerated user rate table

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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Jim Bodean · 320 weeks ago Great another thing to tighten my belt more. I just as wells move the belt away from my hips and place it around my neck the way you all think we citizens are loaded with cash. This would not have needed to happen if the City had not given away half it contingency money to the hospital. I guess this is one way to re coup that lost money. Add in the school bond and you all have just helped this poor boy have to move yet again. Report Reply 1 reply · active 320 weeks ago +28 Vote up Vote down KsRes · 320 weeks ago Wouldn’t mind this so much, IF the water was worth actually paying for. You can’t drink it, sometimes the way it smells you don’t even want to bathe in it. Our water SMELLS and TASTES HORRIBLE!! Maybe with the increase they will fix this problem?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down wellington resident · 320 weeks ago The smells and taste horrible. Why don’t you fix that problem? It might be worth paying for. You can’t even drink it but want us to pay more for it??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 320 weeks ago I moved away because the electricity for running the lights in the rooms I’m in, a computer and a TV when the air conditioner is not on is not worth $200 a month. Supporting City Hall is not the purpose of me working. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down jim · 320 weeks ago Once again Wellington’s leaders prove why this city has earned it’s ignominious reputation for absconding with Joe Citizen’s cash. And for what? To fuel the city’s unquenchable thirst for fine wine on a beer budget. This has become the equivalent of an addiction. Need more drug… go rob somebody – a well – meaning and powerless neighbor. “we gotta have this and that” … raise the rates on something, create a new tax… gimme some more monopoly money. Gimme, gimme, spend, spend. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down REALLY? · 320 weeks ago This is incredibly horrible! The water’s condition is TERRIBLE! The carbon filters are not working. The water tastes like dirt, fish and algae…aka…Wellington Lake! And they have the gall to try and charge more. Making an official complaint, what all likeminded citizens should do as well, and definitely not voting for Kelly Green, Jan Korte, or John Brand in upcoming election. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down wellington · 320 weeks ago Wellington……. All you are is taxed Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 320 weeks ago People with large familys will naturally use more water and be punished because they are a large family. I really don’t think this is fair to them. It already takes more money for them to survive. The water smells and taste horrible and you are wanting more money for it. REALLY!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down craig · 320 weeks ago This city spending and taxing and overpriced services have become a cesspool of bad humor. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down What? · 320 weeks ago I was told that the smell and taste issue was from the lake turning over due to the recent rains??? I’m guessing the water coming out of the tap was sent to town long before the recent rains. It’s not like the treatment plant pumps it straight to my house when I turn on the faucet, come on there is about 1.5 million gallon between the 2 water towers. Which would mean that it all smells and taste like fish also. Just open up a few more hydrants and throw some more chemicals in, it will be all right. (??Conservation let it run down the ditch??) Is that on an accelerated rate scale $$$$ Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago 1234Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to increase water rates and implement an accelerated rate in which the price of water will go up based on the amount of water you consume.The new rates will go into effect immediately.The city will charge a minimum of $10 per month for all residents within the city limits. There will be no additional charge for the first 2,000 gallons per month.The next 2,001 to 10,000 gallons per month, per thousand gallons will be an additional $3.39. The next 10,001 to 40,000 gallons per month, per thousand gallons will be $3.49; and all over 40,000 gallons, per month, per thousand will be $3.59. The same accelerated rate table will be implemented for rural customers using city water except it will be $11 for first 2,000 gallons, and $4, $4.25 and $4.35.Wellington City Council members John Brand, Kelly Green, Jan Korte and Kelly Green voted for the rate change. B.J. Tracy and Jim Valentine voted against it.This marks the first water rate change for the city of Wellington since 2006.Wellington Economic Director Cody Sims said the average customer will receive a 45 cent a month.“The increased water rate structure emphasizes conservation, but will also help the city recoup the cost of delivering water to our customers,” Sims said.Tracy said he appreciates the work that the water conservation committee did in establishing these rates.“But I cannot support the water rates because rural water customers will be taking a big hit,” Tracy said.The water conservation commission also addressed the water rebates for people purchasing low-flow toilets and faucet and shower heads. The city council did not address this issue at this time (see story here).Sims said that proposal will be going to the Wellington Planning Commission for review before being addressed by the council.Follow us on Twitter.last_img